WSMR Music Notes

Live Performance at the Sarasota studio: The Perlman Music Program - pianist Michael Bukhman
The Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast has alumni coming to Sarasota to perform for local schools as part of their Education Outreach Program, but they’re going to stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and...
Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz
At the Metropolitan Opera, drama is usually onstage. But for the past several months, it's been in the newspapers. Now that the embattled Metropolitan Opera has surmounted most of its labor squabbles...
Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment
He cracked the music world three decades ago, making smooth, contemplative piano-pop. On his new album, a double-disc live collection called Solo Concerts, Hornsby goes a step further by...
The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance
One hundred years ago, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. Among the dead and the survivors were...
What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola
Sotheby's auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719. The minimum bid is $45 million. Back in 1964, it went for $81,000 — which, accounting for...
 

WSMR Music Programs

Evening Masterwork

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music that will be performed in our local concert halls. A full masterwork is featured each weeknight at 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9.

June LeBell's Musical Conversations

June LeBell lives in Sarasota and is a former New Yorker, where she had an illustrious 30-year run on a commercial classical radio station in NY City (now a public, classical radio station, thank you very much!) – WQXR. Her program on WSMR features fascinating conversations with all sorts of great artists in the world of classical music. Listeners are invited into June’s radio living room for unscripted, insightful, fun conversation about…and with music…throughout the hour. The guest list is name-droppers dream! Marilyn Horne, Leonard Slatkin, Dick Hyman, Anu Tali, just to name a few.

Russell Gant, Classical Music Director

Each weekday morning listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be added to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 7:00 AM.

Bethany Cagle

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect companion on the radio.

Susan Giles Wantuck

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner hour, and a little later, the Evening Masterwork at 7:00 PM. The music will always help you wrap up, unwind and relax – a perfect way to end each day.

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Performance Today from American Public Media

Today's contestant is Tim Kellogg from Citrus Heights, CA...
This week's contestant is Nicholas Gurewitch from Rochester, NY....
This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, OR....
 

WSMR National Programming

From the Top

Now in its tenth season, From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents pre-collegiate musicians in live performances that are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Performance Today

Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Fred Child hosts each weekday, and brings you some of the most remarkable live concert performances…sometimes within hours after they were performed!

 

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NPR Highlights

NPR

From api.npr.org:

After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija b...
Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world's greatest opera singers. Here's what makes her so extra...
Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler....
Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered....
The Danish String Quartet doesn't live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø weddi...
 

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